Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Loved it!! Being in the Skybox gave us a closer look at these precious tiny babies. Plus it was a lot warmer. Definitely a good buy for us. The tiny penguins came right up to the glass in curiosity!!

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

The ultimate eco tour is fantastic and well worth the money. Some things they dont make clear, however:
Absolutely no photography is allowed
They supply a windbreaker and rain pants to go over your own cold weather clothing. These are actually mandatory, so dont bring your own.
Wear shoes you dont mind getting muddy.

Adam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Great tour! It was pretty off-season so we were the only two to sign up, which meant we had a tour guide and a private viewing beach all to ourselves! Our guide was great and the penguins were plenty cute. Night vision scope really made the difference in being able to see the little guys coming out of the water, since it was pretty dark before a lot of them came out.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

We did the ultimate tour and sat right on the beach with the penguins. It was cold and windy but it was worth it to be so close to the penguins. The park provided waterproof jackets and pants and they came in handy since it rained a little the night we were there. The walk back isn't too far and you see a lot more penguins along the way.

Julie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

so informative - guide was amazing and knowledgable. lying in the sand dunes with our night vision goggles on was a once in a lifetime event - watching the beautiful little penguins coming up from the water. When we got back to the centre we watched a mother and chicks and a bachelor preparing his pad - AMAZING - cant recommend this tour enough

Allan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Better than we could have hoped! Guide was brilliant, beach was secluded, penguins were EVERYWHERE! The whole thing was so well organised and so lovely. I would not recommend you do any other tour but this one, we saw the crowds at the general viewing platform and I would not have wanted to be part of it.. This was just perfect!

Lynn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This tour is amazing. Well worth the upgrade to the ultimate tour. We met our ranger Tom an hour before dusk, he was very knowledgable and entertaining. There are only 10 people in the group so it makes the tour more personal and exclusive. You head to your own private beach away from the rest of the crowds and sit on the sand and wait for the penguins to arrive. It is a wonderful experience to see the penguins walk right past you literally only a few feet away from you. Wonderful experience, would do it again

Sue B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

We did this small group tour in October. Getting to the observe the penguin's so close on the beach was an experience of a lifetime. The tour guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. Night vision goggles, clothing and beach chair was all provided. It was well worth paying the extra for the ultimate experience. It was excellent.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This is a once in a lifetime up close view of the penguins. Don't miss it

Colleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Sitting on the beach a few meters away from the little penguins was an experience of a lifetime. It's definitely worth the extra money.

Sandra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Fantastic experience up close and personal with the Penguins. Well worth the extra cost to be so close. Would highly recommend this option.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

The whole experience was amazing it was the highlight of my holiday

Timothy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Very cool but need own transport to get there

Junaid S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Loved this tour! Was very personalised - only 10 people on the tour. We got to see penguins up close on a secluded beach with no one else around. Wonderful experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

From start to finish it was perfect. We are so glad we did the VIP package. We had a wonderful ranger meet us and answer all our questions. We had reserved seats at the very front of the parade. If you're going, make it extra special.

justin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This was an outstanding trip. Very unique and individualized, with a great tour guide/ranger Cecilia who was fantastic at explaining everything. We saw 200 penguins at very close range on a wonderfully secluded moonlit beach, with a total of 10 people. The only things that I would suggest viator emphasize up front so that people are well aware are that there is NO photography, and NO transport from Melbourne.

Giancarlo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Ultimate Eco tour was an experience I will never forget! Saw 300 tiny penguins up close!!!! Amazing!

Michael P United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The Penguin Eco Tour was brilliant. We were seeing the penguins in their own environment rather than seeing them come into ours. A memorable experience

Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

We were very pleased with our trip to see the Little Penguins. Tim, our guide, was a friendly, informative young man and told us so much abount the Penguins that we did not know. All the staff were friendly and helpful and we would recommend this Eco Tour to anyone. Thank you all very much.

Russell B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Unexpectedly fabulous! Up close and personal with thousands of penguins instead of thousands of tourists. Our ranger, Michele, started with a very detailed and informative orientation and history about the penguins of Phillip Island. Then we donned our rain gear and rode in a van to the secluded beach opposite the main beach where thousands sit in the bleachers. Though the tide was high, the weather was perfect and we managed to find a narrow spit of sand to sit on. At 6:17pm, we saw the first raft of penguins emerge from the surf and head for the bluffs. The infrared monoscopes worked great and we counted over 200 penguins. All the time, we could hear commentary by Michele whispered over our wireless headsets. I appreciated that Michele seemed in no particular hurry as we returned through the penguin "suburbs" where we could observe the penguin interactions. Traffic is blocked from the area at sunset so we had the birds all to ourselves (along with a few wallabies). The Eco Tour was one of the most enjoyable events and one of the best values of our trip. Don't forget, cameras are absolutely forbidden so get your photo taken in the main building against a green screen. You get a price discount on the photo as well as free hot chocolate at the end.

wendy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

I can HIGHLY recommend the Penguin Eco Tour, as all the other tours sat on concrete stairs with flood lights on and watched the penguin come in, we went with the ranger to a isolated beach with night googles and sat on the beach and watched the penguin come in within 2 feet of us. The ranger also explained everything to us and were able to see on the walk back from the beach where the penguin were nestlng. The next day when we drove around we knew what to look for and saw several penguins ourselves, which we would not have been able to do if it was not for the information the ranger told us.
You can not go wrong with this tour.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

This penguin package was awesome - and I nearly didn't get there. If you buy a ticket like this bear in mind that getting to Philip Island and back to Melb on your own same night is nigh on impossible - The Little Penguin Bus is your only option and I had to find that myself, they were great too.

Tis private penguin ticket rocks, 2000 people showed up on the other side of the island... There were 3 of us and a ranger sitting on the beach as they came by and it was fantastic!

I nearly just wrote it off as there's no warning how ard it is to get out there, but I am glad I found a way!

Ryan A United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

This trip was excellent. The unique experience of seeing them literally a few feet in front was one in a million. The only downfall was how little time you got and the fact you can't take pictures anymore. But that didn't affect the experience

suz Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

I forgot to confirm our booking (becausI didn't read the instructions after printing the voucher, however 2 hours before our tour I rang to confirm and was instructed on what to do on arrival and when to be there. We were greeted very courteously and shown to the conference room where our night began which was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. Highly recommend this tour. Be prepared for the cold though.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2010

Was totally awe struck by this tour. We did the skybox which I thouroughly recommend, however, we were advised on booking that it included nibbles and champagne, however this was not made available, so that was a little disapointing.

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